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Derek Tu '18

Derek Tu ’18

​Student Partner, Rough Draft Ventures

“An entrepreneur is someone who challenges the status quo.”
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What piece of advice changed your life?

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

How has being a member of the Babson community helped impact your career?

The Babson community made me the person I am today. My role models and mentors are Babson alumni crushing it as successful operators, managers, and founders. Their achievements have shown me that the sky’s the limit. My peers are the ones pushing me every single day to be a better version of myself, constantly reminding me to never settle for the status quo. There’s a long list of people at Babson whom I’m indebted to.

Why does the world need more leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset?

My definition of an entrepreneur is someone who challenges the status quo. We need individuals willing to challenge the status quo of our current social, political, and business establishments. Especially with the obstacles that our generation faces from climate change to overpopulation, we can’t settle for business as usual. Leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset will have to take the reins and create meaningful change.

What do others need to know about Babson?

Babson is all about the people.